Bryan Fischer has a long history of defending the slaughter of millions of Native Americans by the European settlers of the Americas and he’s done it again. And this time he justifies it by not only saying that they were immoral but that the settlers were justified because God brought them here.
Fischer recounted the Biblical tale of the Amorites, a group that had “lapsed into superstition and paganism and idolatry and sexual immorality and savagery” until they were vanquished by the Israelites. He then paraphrased God as saying, “I’m going to be patient with the Amorite people for 400 years, and if they continue to sin at the rate they’re sinning, every time they sin they’re putting a little more slop in the slop bucket, and if they keep doing that the slop bucket’s going to get full, and I’m going to have to empty out that slop bucket.”
Fischer then used the story to justify the violent expulsion of Native American people from their territory at the hands of white settlers. “This may even be a part of American history, when we think about the moral right for the nation and the peoples that God brought into this land to exercise sovereign control over the land,” he said. “Part of that equation may have to do with the immorality of those nations that were exercising sovereign control over this land at the time.”
Funny how that works, isn’t it? The Native Americans who were already here did not have “sovereign control over this land” but the invaders did. And besides, they were really bad people — worse than those who engaged in mass genocide, apparently — so it was all okay.